KIT's 4 Core Inclusion Modules have been created as an introduction to inclusion and its practice. Additional Specialized Modules build and expand on the basics of inclusion. Online eLearning modules typically take 30 minutes to complete. These modules are available in the KIT Online Learning Center, as well as offered as Live Trainings.
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|4 CORE INCLUSION MODULES|
| INTRODUCTION TO INCLUSION
Introduction to Inclusion is an overview of inclusion, generally presented as a first module in a four-part series. This course reviews the history of support services for children with disabilities (medical model vs. empowerment model), the philosophy of inclusion, person-first language and the benefits of inclusive programs.
| RESPECTFUL ACCOMMODATIONS
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) addresses the necessity of making accommodations for children with disabilities so that they can participate in community programs. This course provides an overview of the philosophy of inclusion, insight into what constitutes a "respectful accommodation" and practical techniques to use immediately in your program.
| SUPPORTING POSITIVE BEHAVIOR
Supporting Positive Behavior addresses the fact that all children display some type of behavioral challenge. However, some children have a more difficult time managing their behavior, and often times this may be related to the disability they have. This course focuses on how to prevent negative behaviors before they occur and how to create environments that offer positive behavior support to children with behavioral challenges.
| PARTNERING WITH FAMILIES
When children and youth come to your program they come attached to a family unit. Learning to create partnerships with children’s families will help you provide the best service to all children. Learn to communicate successfully with parents, how to set up your relationship for success and what to do when challenges arise.
Transitions can be times when you see the most behavior in your program. To help ease transitions, this course discusses tools and techniques to help prepare children and youth for a smooth transition from one activity to another. Learn to support transitions with cues, transition activities and other helpful tools.
|Introduction to Autism
This module is an introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and covers the definition of autism, common assumptions, and areas of support. Areas of support include communication, social interaction, routine & schedule, coping with change and sensory processing.
| Preschool Circle Time
Keeping a group of preschoolers engaged during circle time is a challenging task. Circle time is also very demanding on young children’s emerging ability to listen and wait. In this eLearning module, participants will learn how to make circle time easier by basing circle time on how young brains work best, developing appropriate expectations, planning activities and transitions, using techniques to keep children engaged, and supporting individual children. Participants will accomplish the following learning objectives: 1) Schedule five circle time activities to create a brain–friendly circle. 2)Plan a transition activity that will grab children’s attention and allow children to join at their own pace. 3) Select two accommodations to help a child focus attention in a circle time scenario.
| STOP, SCHEDULE, SUPPORT
A daily schedule, and the staff's ability to communicate it, has a large effect on how children and youth experience your program. For many children and youth with disabilities, designing and supporting an appropriate schedule is critical to their ability to participate. In this module learners will describe one program ritual for supporting the schedule and use a self-assessment to evaluate the ritual. Learners will also select the appropriate adapted format for communicating the schedule in 4 scenarios.
| Toddler Circle Time
This eLearning module discusses how toddlers learn best and identifies the things that are important for toddler circle time: ongoing adult presence, flexible participation, hands-on encounters, and movement. Participants will also learn how to adapt circle time for toddlers with different abilities and accomplish the following learning objectives: 1) Identify the scenario that reflects appropriate developmental expectations for toddlers. 2) Choose three activities that may be appropriate for a toddler circle time. 3) Select accommodations to make an activity more accessible for children with different abilities.